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Bach Choir hones 'Core Values'

| Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Thomas Douglas and the Bach Choir
Bach Choir
Thomas Douglas and the Bach Choir

Thomas Wesley Douglas is getting to the core of his work in this weekend's concerts by the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

The concerts March 5 and 6 at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Hill House, Uptown, will present music performed by the 16 core singers and two alternates of the choir.

Music is at the core, too. The program will consist of works by J.S. Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, whom Douglas says are part of the center of Western culture.

“The works are all ideal for this smaller group,” he says of the program for the concert, “Core Values: Work Ethic.”

The concert will feature Bach's “Jesu, meine Freude,” Mozart's “Missa Brevis in B” and Brahms' “Six Love Songs.”

He explains how the core singers provide musical guidance for the 80-voice choir, as well as “providing extra sets of ears to look at detail of things that need work.”

This season's Bach Choir events are centered on a work-ethic theme, and this one uses that concept to look at the core members and the job they do, Douglas says.

One of the core members, Bill Blackburn, a tenor from Somerset County, says the group is “held to a little higher standard” in their work because of all the things that are asked of them.

“We have to keep our ears open to hear the things that might need work,” he adds.

Blackburn says he's been singing with the choir for about six years and is happy to be part of a concert that focuses on that smaller unit.

“A little more is expected of us in this concert,” he says.

Joy McNally, an alto from Edgewood who has been with the choir for 11 years, is one of the alternates. For her, the show represents the heart of the work ethic.

“For working really hard, the reward is that you get to sing this really sublime music,” she says.

Shows are at 8 p.m. March 5 and 4 p.m. March 6. Admission is $30, $22 for seniors and $12 for students.

Details: 888-718-4253 or bachpgh.showclix.com

Bob Karlovits is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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